Rep. DeGette on President Trump’s ventilator distribution mismanagement

Apr 8, 2020
Press Release

DENVER, CO – Following is a statement from U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) on the president’s decision today to send 100 ventilators to Colorado at the request of Senator Gardner, just days after the administration blocked a shipment of 500 ventilators to the state:

“Governor Polis and our Congressional delegation have been working to get more ventilators to Colorado for weeks. In fact, Colorado was set to receive 500 ventilators until FEMA blocked the shipment. Now, President Trump says we will get 100 as a courtesy to Senator Gardner. That means, because the president is playing politics with public health, we're still 400 ventilators short from what we should have received. His mismanagement of this crisis is costing lives and livelihoods.”